A friend who boarded her horse with me recently sold him back to his origional breeder.
After arriving at his new hom several hours away he had a rest for a week and then was ridden and became lame. As far as I can find out he has a swollen near fore knee. The buyers vet has said that's it's an old injury and that there is some material/tisue where it shouldn't be.
My friend had disclosed an episode of lameness that happened a year ago when he was trying to cover a new mare at the barn (he's a gelding but was in love) and hurt his back. At the time there was no apparant reason for his lamenss such as swelling heat etc and the vet examined him from the hoof up and found it to be his back.
At no time since she has owned him (three years) has he ever shown any lameness other than the back thiing or had a swollen knee.
While he was with the trainer he did fall while being ridden, but he was fine and he showed no swelling or pain or lameness after. He had a week off after he came home and then was trailered to his new owner.
She is claiming now that her vet has said that it is conclusively an old injury, but it truly isn't.
Our vet is most surprised by this assertion.
She is threatening to sue if my friend doesn't either buy hm back or at least contribute to his vet bills.
Any idea what the chances of her being able to sue are?
Sorry its a bit long and involved. Thankd for reading.